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£10,000 raised by Studley Wood GC for hospital 'home away from home'
June 26, 2012

A marathon golf day added to thousands of pounds raised for a charity which provides accommodation for families of children undergoing hospital treatment.

The event, which took place at Studley Wood Golf Club in Oxfordshire, saw two golfers from the club take on the challenge of playing 100 holes in a single day to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Oxford.

The event took place on Thursday 21 June and was completed by club Captain Nigel Blanchard and Vice Captain Paul Fitzgerald. They started at 6.00am and played for a full 12.5 hours through wind, rain and just the odd glimpse of sunshine.

Their efforts raised £2,000 in sponsorship to add to the £8,000 raised on Saturday 16th at the annual Captain’s Day where 180 club members enjoyed a whole day of golf, topped off with dinner and an auction.

Studley Wood Golf Club Captain Nigel Blanchard (left) and Vice Captain Paul Fitzgerald

All the money raised is going to Ronald McDonald House Oxford, an 18 bedroom House which provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families whose children are being treated at Oxford Children’s Hospital. This amount covers the cost of keeping one family room open for a whole year. The Oxford House is one of 15 Ronald McDonald Houses in the UK that enable seriously ill children to have their families close by when they are undergoing treatment in hospital.

Event organiser and club Captain, Nigel said: “As club Captain, Ronald McDonald House Oxford is my chosen charity for 2012 and I have set myself the fundraising target of raising £20,000 for the House over the course of the year. The idea of playing 100 holes of golf in a day was to try and do something a bit different and capture the imagination of potential sponsors. It was exhausting but great fun and the money raised will be going to a much needed local cause.”

Golfers interested in supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities can register for the Charity’s annual Leisure Classic event, which takes place at the Hilton Vilamoura Cascata Resort in Portugal from Sunday 16 to Wednesday 19 September 2012. Participants will play two days of golf on the fantastic Vale de Lobo Golf Estate, incorporating the world renowned Ocean and Royal Golf Courses. Full details are on the Leisure Classic page of the RMHC website. and a registration form can be found here.

To find out more about Ronald McDonald House Charities and how to help please visit

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